Stepping too it: quick tips to increase your daily steps

sport, healthy lifestyle and objects concept - close up of dumbbLast year, I got a fitbit and quickly became addicted to…o.k., maybe obsessed with…getting steps.  It tied in nicely with my overall plan to get fit and helped keep me motivated and moving, both of which I needed, and I set myself the target of 10,000 steps a day – which is the number recommended by pretty much every website out there.

I thought it would be easy.  It wasn’t.  I have a desk-based job and – it turns out – rarely took more than 5,000 steps a day unless I was on the road or rushing between meetings. So, slowly, I built up my steps, adding activities that would help me reach that magic number.  It worked and now, without too much effort, I regularly hit my new target of 12,500.

I mentioned it on twitter a while ago and found I wasn’t alone in the need of adding steps so I thought I’d share some of my favourite tricks for getting moving… Continue reading

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The benefits of breakfast

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I’m sure there isn’t anyone out there that doesn’t know that breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.  I grew up with the slogan “go to work on an egg” and have read too many articles to count on why I should have a healthy breakfast to start me up right for the day.

There are so many benefits to breakfast.  You are more likely to avoid certain health conditions, you are less likely to put on weight, and you are more likely to feel energised enough to make it through a day at work.  Continue reading

Tried and Tested: OM Cleanse & Glow Konjac Sponge

I am a bit of a fan of beauty boxes, and in one of my latest orders I received an OM Cleanse & Glow Konjac Sponge, which was in the most gorgeous packaging and intrigued me greatly as a) I hadn’t heard of it before and b) it looked kind of cool and funky.

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First up, I’ll apologise for the picture, which doesn’t do the packaging justice – it’s quite hard to take a picture of clear plastic and, no matter what the background I used, I couldn’t get a decent shot.  Saying that, they aren’t much better on the company website so maybe I shouldn’t feel too bad?

The poor photography shouldn’t put you off the product though, which I’ve been enjoying using these last few weeks, though it does have some downsides I’m not convinced will work for me in the longer term.  Continue reading

Favourite things #3: running apps

favourite thingsEarlier this week, I wrote about my new found love for running.  And when I say new, I mean very new, in that I’ve only been doing it for four weeks.  Perhaps it’s not as odd as I first thought that I enjoy it as I used to do long distance and cross country running at school.  It isn’t like this is the first time I have tried running again though in the 30-ish years since I last donned my trainers properly.  It’s just the first time it seems to have stuck.

The reason – running apps – and this whole idea of going from “couch to 5K” in eight weeks.  Whilst I know they won’t be for everyone, they have worked for me.  There are a lot out there, and I feel like I’ve tried them all, well at least the free ones (because I’m cheap!).  Three have stood out and I thought I would share them here for anyone who, like me, needs a little motivation to get out there… Continue reading

Feeling the burn…

So, something has happened to me these last few weeks, something I never in a million years would have expected.  It started when I quit work and began planning for the future me, the one that wouldn’t always be tired, and stressed, and grumpy with – well, pretty much anyone who crossed my path some days.

First off, I decided to get a little creative and start using a bullet journal.  It was fun.  I got a bit carried away.  One of the things I got carried away with was putting together an exercise plan.  Wasn’t one of my goals now I had time on my hands to get fit after all?  It’s not the prettiest plan you’ve ever seen (though it does have different coloured squares for different exercises) but it turns out it works.  Every day I take a look and do what it tells me to do. Continue reading